the reason Zakk Wylde and all those guys are so well known is because the guys at thier record labels are making a crap load of money off of them, so they were/are trying to keep them afloat so they can make more $. and most of those guy's fans justr don't get into other music than pure head-banging stuff.
i can apreciate an artist like Zakk for being able to play the way he does, but after 10-20 years of not doing much else, it gets boring to me.
and about the Ramones and Black Flag, if you'd study your music history you'd see how many people have been influenced by them. it's more than you'd expect. i mean, Duff McKagen from GNR played drums in a hardcore-punk band called the Fartz!
and about the power chords, have you even heard Black Flags later stuff?
Greg Ginn's favorite album was "Birds of Fire" by the Mahivishnu Orchestra! they were huge Dio, Black Sabbath, and Greatful Dead fans! all of that shows too, especially the free-jazz aspect of Ginn always listening to Ornete Coleman.
i wasn't trying to offend, i was trying to say that there is other great music there besides Clapton and Zakk Wylde and all that.
Listen to My War and In My Head by Black Flag and you'll see what i mean.
and by the way, the Ramones and Black Flag came around about 10 years before Guns n Roses. so yeah, Ramones and Flag, in a roundabout way, influenced all the people that GNR influenced.
look it up.
Ramone's self titled album - 1976
Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown" EP - 1979
Guns n' Roses "Appetite for Destruction" - 1986
go to http://www.wikipedia.org
to check for yourself.
i'm not a know it all, i just study alot.